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The Referee Blew The Whistle For Half-Time At 44:59 As Atalanta Were Through On Goal Against Real Madrid

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The Referee Blew The Whistle For Half-Time At 44:59 As Atalanta Were Through On Goal Against Real Madrid

Atalanta were left fuming after the referee blew the whistle for the half-time while they were on the attack against Real Madrid.

The Serie A side had striker Luis Muriel running in behind the Los Blancos backline from a wonderfully weighted pass from midfield.

With a 2v1 situation on the cards, it looked to be a great opportunity to level matters on the night and notch a vital away goal in the Champions League round of 16 tie.

But much to their frustration, the referee Danny Makkelie blew the whistle prematurely at 44:59 and denied them the chance to equalise.

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Fans on social media felt the decision to call for the break was one of the worst in the history of football.

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Real, who won the first leg 1-0, went ahead tonight through Karim Benzema's first half strike before captain Sergio Ramos added a second from the spot in the second half.

Muriel pulled one back with a glorious free-kick seven minutes from time to make the scoreline 3-1 on aggregate, only for Marco Asensio to wrap up the tie a minute later for the 13-time European champions.

Topics: Football, Atalanta, Champions League, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless
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